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Boulder Country Promotes Flood Safety
Boulder County is at the highest risk for flash flooding in the state of Colorado. The Boulder Creek Floodplain has such a large population of people who work and/or live in the area, also making the area very prone to flash flooding. Another reason is Boulder's location in the mouth of Boulder Canyon making it easier for flooding. The peak time for flooding is mid-May through mid-July.
The Fourmile Canyon burn area is the biggest concern for Boulder County. The singed area increases the chance of a flash flooding occurring in the Boulder floodplain this spring. The loss of vegetation increases the chance of flooding because there are fewer obstacles to stop the runoff. A speedy thawing of snow from the canyon could cause a large runoff of water and incite a flooding disaster in the canyon.
It is important to know your risk living and/or working in or near the Boulder Floodplain. The 100-year floodplain is based a statistical probability that there is a one-in-one hundred chance of a flood happening once in one hundred years. Residents and workers in Boulder County need to know the safety measures taken before and during a flash flood.
Always have an emergency plan if a flood were to occur. Make an emergency flood kit. Include items such as a radio, batteries, rain boots, and a first aid kit. Know where you would flee to in case of a flash flood. Always seek higher ground. Never drive a vehicle through moving water or over a bridge. Never go near electrical wires and power lines during a flood. Do not walk in flooded waters, as little as six inches of water can knock you down. Call the City of Boulder emergency line at 303-441-4300 for flood updates and news. If you hear an outdoor warning siren, a flash flood is probably about to occur. Tune into KBOL 1490 AM when flooding warning signs goes off.
Tips for staying safe:
° Buy flood insurance for you home
° Seek higher ground during a flood
° Evacuate if in a car
° Stay away from moving water